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The second meaning is named after Michael Wayne Godwin (born 1956), American attorney and author.
Godwin (plural Godwins)
- (informal) An inappropriate mention of the Nazis or Adolf Hitler in a discussion.
- John Timmer (2008-09-25), “A biologist reviews an evolution textbook from the ID camp”, in arstechnica.com: “Presumably, because the institute producing the book promotes the idea that evolution isn't science, but an ideology, one that their fellows have pulled a Godwin on and attempted to tie to Nazism.”